In a fragile ecosystem, how do you conserve limited resources for future generations? That's the question that the small Pacific island nation of Palau is grappling with as it tries to combat illegal fishing. The country's rich marine ecosystem is now at risk, as boats from Southeast Asia venture farther into its crystalline waters in search of tuna and other prized fish. Watch part one of our Great Big Film, "Sea Change," by our friends at Vacationland. Watch part two here.
Sixty percent of the world's tuna comes from the western and central Pacific Ocean. And while the small island nation of Palau is leading the way in developing a sustainable seafood supply, there's still work to do. Roughly one-third of the catch from Palau's long-line fisheries are non-target species, meaning that millions of turtles, dolphins, rays and sharks end up as "road kill" on the undersea highway. The challenge for the island's seafood industry is balancing catch levels with conservation efforts. Watch part two of our Great Big Film, "Sea Change," by our friends at Vacationland. Watch part one here.
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